We start off with a reccomendation of sorts of the Speculative Grammarian Podcast, and George’s own long post on romanization. Then we get into the meat of the show talking about all kinds of irregularity and “regular irregularity”. Then we take a 180-degree turn and talk about the insanely regular Esperanto.
Top of Show Greeting: Ayeri
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We talk about one of William’s pet peeves in conlang descriptions and linguistics in general: the overuse of the word “emphasis”. We start out with some very strong reccomendations against using it in phonology, and then talk about some more standard terms you might use instead when talking about discourse or syntax. We also review Yivrian, created by the writer of the well-known (in the community) “Artlanger’s Rant”.
Top of Show Greeting: Mybutan
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We have a guest on, Olle Heikilä, who we totally didn’t forget to add to the Skype call, and have a nice discussion on grammatical voice and what it’s for, what you can include, and just in general. If you believe what your English teacher taught you about voice, prepare to be disabuse. We also review Tseeyo, a wonderful little language with a terrible website.
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After some observations about the merits of Star Wars and plastic chopsticks, we tell you all kinds of stuff about possession: alienable vs inalienable, various marking strategies, “to have” and more. Oh, and we talk about Abakwi.
Top of Show Greeting: rejistanian
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Over the course of the show we have discovered something … it’s really hard to dig up good conlangs out there. Not that there aren’t plenty of conlangs out there, but a large number are ill-informed first attempts, incomplete sketches, or simply have no documentation online for us to look at. So, we have a couple of things we’d like you, the listener to help us with:
- We need to have more conlang suggestions. Good ones, with enough grammar online for us to make a decent assessment (no, you don’t need a 100-page grammar, but hopefully you have some syntax worked out.
- We are considering whether or not to supplement by featuring natlangs on some weeks. We’d probably start with something familiar to see how it does, but after that I’m sure we can dig up the rare and bizarre. I have a poll below to ask whether you all would like that idea.
Would you like us to feature a natural language some weeks rather than a conlang?
- Yes, once in a while (57%, 45 Votes)
- Yes, alternate natlang-conlang (34%, 27 Votes)
- No, get your nat out of my con! (6%, 5 Votes)
- I have a better idea (and you'll find it in my comment) (3%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 79
George’s father has pragmatics issues, but anyway … pronouns! (Almost) every language is going to have pronouns of some sort. We talk all kinds — closed-class, open-class, free, clitic, and even having pronouns for bizarrely specific people. Also, we review Baranxe’i
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Featured Conlang: Baranxe’i
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Bianca’s out for this episode, so William and I take the opportunity to talk about something she hates so much she wouldn’t let us have a show about it: poetry! Figure out how to choose good poetic devices for your conlang, and how history can affect the complexity of poetry. Also we talk about the amazingly verbless Kēlen.
Top of Show Greeting: Delang
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- Alliterative Voice
- Meter / Quantitative Verse
- Hausa Poetic Meters
- Haiku are based on morae
- Japanese kigo
On the third day they reached the appointed field.
There the hunter and the ensnarer rested at their seat.
One day, two days, they lurked at the entrance to the well,
where the cattle were accustomed to slake their thirst,
where the creatures of the waters were sporting.
Then [came] Enkidu, whose home was the mountains,
who with gazelles ate herbs,
and with the cattle slaked his thirst,
and with the creatures of the waters rejoiced his heart.
A wise son maketh a glad father,
but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
— Proverbs 10:1
We talk about ideophones, a fun, fun class of words that describe a general feeling. We also review a language that’s not quite an elflang, so William doesn’t quite hate it.
Top of Show Greeting: Dothraki
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Featured Conlang: Old Albic
I’ve just started listening to your podcast and since I’ve started to listen to your podcast I’ve significantly simplified (lolz paradox/oxymoron) the aspects of the language to just two aspects and all others are implied by lexicon. Read more »